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Closures and new speed limit for A34 in Oxfordshire

A 50 mph speed limit is being introduced today along part of the A34 in Oxfordshire as drainage works take place.

The Highways Agency says the six month project between the junctions at Chilton and the Milton Interchange should help reduce flooding, and improve safety.

It's hoped the new work will improve safety and reduce flooding Credit: ITV Meridian

There will also be overnight lane closures and carriageway closures.

The improvements will mean new filter drains and pipes, which should result in less unplanned road closures due to emergency road maintenance.

This work will provide smoother and safer journeys for users of the A34 in this part of Oxfordshire. Road users will benefit from a section more resistant to flooding and therefore less likely to impact upon journeys. While work of this nature inevitably causes some inconvenience, we will aim to prevent as much disruption as possible."

– Highways Agency Service Delivery Manager Guy Watts

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Renewed appeal for witnesses to A34 crash

Lorry overturns on A34 Credit: ITV news

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to come forward after a lorry overturned on the A34 northbound carriageway just before Sutton Scotney at around 7am on Wednesday, October 1. The driver, a 50 year-old man from Wiltshire was airlifted to hospital to be treated for serious, but not life threatening, injuries. A second driver, a 45 year-old man, was also treated by ambulance crews, after his silver Skoda Octavia ended up in a ditch at the side of the carriageway. The northbound section of the A34 was closed between Three Maids Hill and Sutton Scotney for nearly 12 hours to enable recovery of the vehicles and an investigation to be undertaken. Some debris including notepads and coasters from the load being carried by the lorry closed one lane southbound for a much shorter period. A man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving has been bailed until December Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Thorne at Whitchurch roads policing unit on 101 quoting 44140354733 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Section of the A34 to be closed for resurfacing work

A one mile section of the A34 will be closed overnight to allow for resurfacing work Credit: ITV Meridian

Overnight closures begin later on the A34 in Oxfordshire to allow for resurfacing work.

A one mile section is affected near Didcot with the aim of providing drivers with a smoother, safer and quieter journey.

The Highways Agency says it's part of one of the largest investment in roads' infrastructure.

The resurfacing work will be carried out overnight, between 10pm and 6am, Monday to Friday with diversions via the A4185 and the A4130.

It should be completed by Wednesday 30th July.

Family "shocked and devastated" after couples death

The family of an elderly couple killed in a crash on the A34 say they are "shocked and devastated" at their deaths.

Barry Janes, who was 70-years-old, and his wife Shirley died when their car left the carriageway at Three Maids Hill on Monday night.

The couple from Fareham were traveling southbound when their car, for reasons that police are investigating, crashed and ended up on its roof.

Anyone who witnessed the incident to help the police build a better picture of what happened that night of 24th February are asked contact PC Matthew Clayton on 101, quoting Operation Agate.

The crash on Monday night caused long delays for motorists on the A34 Credit: ITV Meridian

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Two people have died in fatal A34 crash

Two people believed to be pensioners have died in a single car collision on the A34 southbound in Hampshire.

Police were called just after six thirty this evening. It happened at Three Maids Hill near Upper Bullington.

There are massive queues and major jams as traffic is diverted off the A34 at Sutton Scotney and directed through Winchester. Motorists are being told to expect long delays. The A34 is expected to be closed for much of the night.

Major traffic jams on A34 in Hants after serious crash

Motorists told to expect major delays after accident Credit: Kim Hewitt

A serious accident involving more than one vehicle has happened on the A34, just off the worthy down roundabout towards the Winnall interchange in Hampshire. There are massive queues as traffic is diverted off the A34 at Sutton Scotney and directed through the city of Winchester.

There are major traffic jams and motorists are being told to expect long delays. The A34 is expected to be closed for much of the night.

Hampshire Police say they received multiple calls about the accident from about 6.38pm this evening. It is not yet clear how many vehicles were involved.

TRAVEL - ROADS: A34 closed southbound at Upper Bullington - Serious accident

The A34 southbound is closed at Upper Bullington in Hampshire, with queueing traffic due to a serious accident between the A303 (Bullington Cross) and A272. On approach to the Winnall roundabout. Access is still available from the A303 to Sutton Scotney services, but no further.

The road is expected to remain closed well into the evening.

IPCC referral after badger collision

Thames Valley Police has referred a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 this morning to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It follows an incident where a lorry collided with a vehicle while police officers were removing a dead badger from the carriageway.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred on the southbound carriageway of the A34 near Marcham just before 3am today.

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